New Year’s 2021 began with a literal bang, but will it end with a whimper?
More precisely, it began with a series of bangs. The fireworks in and near our neighborhood started on December 31 shortly after nightfall. By 10 PM, it was a staccato of bangs and starbursts. Just before and following midnight January 1, 2021, the fireworks were as or more robust as any I’ve seen in a normal municipality’s New Year’s celebration. Colorful starbursts above and the cacophony of firecrackers below reverberated well into the early part of New Year’s Day. Some occasion bangs were still to be heard after 3 AM.
It is natural, ‘normal,’ and normally healthy to celebrate the coming of a new year. But in this central Florida suburb, we are comparatively fortunate. Millions of others in our land are not as lucky.
Here there are small businesses that are “allowed” to be open. By contrast, in other cities and states in the U.S. – as well as in numbers of nations abroad – only “essential” big businesses are allowed to be open.
Meanwhile, untold numbers of smaller enterprises that represented the life’s work and the investments of millions are either threatened or put out of business by their own public officials.
Public officials pushing lockdowns of smaller firms are supposedly acting in the name of “public health,” using as their rationale COVID19. Be they acting in good faith, ignorance, malice, or some combination of motivations, the effect is still the same on those independent businesses and the millions employed by them.
What happens if there is a COVID21, or COVID22, COVID23, COVID24, or COVID25? That is not mere speculation. People from inside China and with expert knowledge of China are warning of just such a future. If so, it will not only be a “dark winter,” it will be a dark future of lockdowns and the loss of our God-given and constitutionally protected rights.
Communist China has been to this point the apparent winner in this international debacle. What is to keep already emboldened Chinese Communist leaders from repeating what allegedly occurred in that Wuhan Institute of Virology BL4 bioweapons lab in the fall of 2019? While experts think with good reason that it was an ‘accidental’ release, what if next time the communist regime releases a new virus deliberately?
- Why is it that places of worship in several parts of America have had unconstitutional restrictions placed upon them?
- Why are governments at the state and local levels being permitted to take the rights, livelihoods, and businesses investments away from sovereign citizens without recompense or due process of law?
- Why are big businesses – including some in our industry – being allowed to ride roughshod over the rights individual American citizens or smaller rival brands?
- Will this dark period in American history lead more to a “Great Awakening” as to what is occurring in our nation and abroad?
Fear has been used by various political leaders and certain businesses or institutions for centuries. Fear as a motivator is hardly new.
But in our era fear is often a narrative undercurrent in much of the “news” that our nation and others are often spoon feed.
“News” is often paltering or even a mendacious mix of agenda-driven spin, and may feature partial or outright censorship of authentic alternative views.
The odds are excellent that you personally know numbers who see the world in the exact opposite way that you do. But that begs a question. If news were universally honest and balanced, how would that wide dichotomy be possible?
That gulf between how people see various issues reflects the troubling reality that the USA Today and AP some weeks ago, or CNN more recently – all left-of-center media sources – admitted is a feature of contemporary America. That is so because there are competing news narrative and agendas.
Rephrased, on important topics, it is not “news” in the traditional sense that we hear, see, or read. Rather, it is somebody’s attempt at propaganda. That vexing reality is almost as serious a tragedy as restricting religious and civil liberties.
The only profession that is explicitly protected in the U.S. Constitution is freedom of the press.
Constitution.Congress.gov says that the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows.
“First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Note how that is phrased, Congress shall make “no law” on these core topics. Bear in mind that Congress is what enacts laws. If Congress has no authority to pass a law on these issues, then it also follows that legally neither do regulators have the ability to de facto legislate on these issues too.
The Preamble to the Constitution, per USCourts.gov, says the following.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
From the outset, that means that “We the People” in the preamble means that the citizenry are the supposed to be the source, holders, and beneficiaries of political authority in America. A constitution is supposed to limit and define the powers of the government, they are not there to limit the rights of the people. To underscore that point, consider the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” That means that the federal government only has the powers delegated to it. It also means that the states have the powers delegated to it. Delegated by whom? We the People. The American way is to believe in the people as sovereign.
What is sovereignty?
“Sovereignty “comes down to two words: Who rules?” said Hudson Institute scholar John Fonte. “Is it the people? Is it a foreign power? That’s what the president is saying when he’s talking about sovereignty. He’s talking about people ruling — and each nation ruling — themselves.”
In the U.S., this concept dates back to the nation’s founding. The Declaration of Independence asserts that governments derive just powers “from the consent of the governed.” In the U.S., voters elect leaders to whom they grant these powers. The people can also take away that authority.” So said Share.America.gov.
As a multiple award-winning student of history and someone keenly interested in civics, this writer learned these concepts starting in grade school, junior high, high school, at the university. This writer kept studying these issues since that time, because they are at the heart of what it means to be an American. As the source above aptly noted, President Abraham Lincoln called this “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
We the people are the source of political power. Objectively, those who have studied American history with some care recognize that there has long been a tension between the wealthy and the more common citizens in the U.S. Those who signed the Declaration of Independence were among the wealthy in our nation, but they needed enough of the rest of the citizenry to be on board in order to secure independence from England’s monarchy.
But it wasn’t only monarchy and petty tyrants that Americans sought independence. It was also from monopolists. It can not be stressed enough that government power and monopolistic forces in England were part of what the colonists rebelled against. The famous Boston Tea Party tossed overboard not only taxed tea, but tea that was tied to a crown-sanctioned monopoly of tea.
Our fight for freedom is not so different than that of the Revolutionaries, or that of those in the late 1800s and early 1900s who struggled against the Robber Barons in the so-called Gilded Age. It was trust-busters – anti-monopolist populists such as Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt who gained fame in part due to their fight on behalf of Americans who were being oppressed by forces inside the United States.
Even that brief history sheds light on what Thomas Jefferson meant in this selection from his writings, as he urged the drafters of the Constitution to have not only a Bill of Rights, but also specific provisions against monopolists.
The case can be made that much of the problems in our industry, as well as other professions, can often be reduced to oligarchs and plutocrats working in a sort of alliance with each other in an arguably monopolistic fashion. Oligopoly is a form of monopolistic behavior. Here is how Wikipedia defines it.
“An oligopoly is a market form wherein a market or industry is dominated by a small group of large sellers. Oligopolies can result from various forms of collusion that reduce market competition…Oligopolies have their own market structure.” Note the word “collusion” which has as a possible synonym a “conspiracy.”
In the Robber Baron era, the people forced the government through populist efforts to limit the power of monopolists who often dominated the government and law enforcement.
In our own time, will “We The People” allow contemporary billionaires, big media, big tech, big pharma – each with obvious ties to Communist China – to place former Vice President Joe Biden into the White House to proclaim what he has called a “dark winter” with only whimpers of compliance?
It is a matter of fact that the ‘powers that be’ in America supported the Biden-Harris ticket over the reelection of the Trump-Pence ticket.
With that backdrop, let’s not forget that last March 2020, two weeks to “flatten the curve” turned into several weeks. In some parts of the nation, it became several months. During it all, various levels of God-given and Constitutionally protected liberties were restricted or lost. Fear of COVID19 was used to strip Americans of their rights.
That noted, over 50,000 medical professionals signed The Great Barrington Declaration. They think that what is being forced on large parts of the U.S. – and other places too – is a mistake. Are certain health safeguards useful? Yes, they say. But they also say that the current policies are causing more harm than good.
Yet, if someone wants to proclaim those policies, they are often censored by social media and the tech platforms like Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter that not so many years ago where hailed as places where free speech could reign. Who says? Journalistic observers such as left-leaning Glenn Greenwald, who began his career as an attorney before turning to journalism.
Greenwald was hardly alone.
In the normal understanding of the American Constitutional system, it is government that is not allowed to censor. Have Orwellian Big Brother minded billionaires devised a ploy to do an end around our civil liberties? By crushing small businesses, where will the jobs come from – save from big businesses? Keep in mind that for decades, small businesses were traditionally half of the creators of jobs in America. If small businesses are wiped out, where are the free market safeguards that help keep would be monopolists at bay and more honest?
It is worth noting that concepts from the Magna Carta in England in 1215 influenced British as well as American legal and political thought for centuries. With the Magna Carta, the English crown agreed to sharing power – think sovereignty – with the feudal lords and barons. Over the centuries, the ideals that the individual has “God given rights” found its way into the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Archives.gov cites one of the most famous parts of the Declaration like this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
The entire Declaration and U.S. Constitution, including the amendments, are linked here as a download. This quick walk through history reminds us that the struggle for freedom and rights has occurred over the course of centuries. Numbers of white’s came to America as indentured servants, a type of 7 years of slavery. Every racial group in America had to struggle for rights, which is the struggle for what the Constitution referred towards “a more perfect Union, [to] establish Justice…”
If the right in our times to pursue the American Dream are dashed or undermined, then by definition, we are returning to feudalism. Feudalism was and is a form of servitude, a slippery slope toward slavery.
Will the billionaire class that dominates American politics through PACs, media, tech, and by other dark money means strip the masses of Americans of the rights that the founders fought for in the revolution against England’s king and monopolists?
These notions are not knew to millions in our nation. Many who have studied history and the Constitution ‘get it’ to various degrees as to what is occurring in America. That is true in part precisely because there are alternative media. It is also true because there are alternatives in education to public education. Numbers of citizens took the time to understand the Constitution and the nuances of American public life.
But that is not a blanket endorsement of alternative media. There are sources that are fine on some topics but are more problematic on others. Rephrased, no one source routinely presents a complete picture.
The flaws and even corruption of America’s Institutions run deep. But that too is a sign of something that Danny Glover, in the insightful and award-winning documentary drama, Shadows of Liberty summed up in this phrase.
Note that Glover has served on a Warren Buffett funded foundation. Agree or disagree with Glover’s political views, but his insight on the topic quoted above is not theoretical. Indeed, it is buttressed by Buffett’s son Peter Buffett, who also heads a Buffett funded foundation. It is Peter Buffett who agreed that there is a growing Philanthro-feudalism in America. That is just one aspect of a spreading feudalistic society, which former Governor Jerry Brown (CA-D) referred to as a rigged system decades before that phrase and the feudalistic insights became popular.
Forget what they told you, if you want the truth, follow the money. Money and power are the motivations of the elites that have their clubs and organizations where voices on both the left and right for years have warned the majority of Americans as to what was taking shape. For those who control or influence money, information, and power, they can be to a certain extent above the law. It is arguably among the reasons why ‘connected’ individuals such as Harvey Weinstein or Jeffrey Epstein were able to elude justice for so long.
When someone looks at the world as it is, and studies the issues, there is an apparent nexus of big corporations with billionaires that own much of big tech, big social media, and big mainstream media. It is the billionaire class, the connected wealthy just below those billionaires, and their armies of lobbyists with campaign donations that buy influence with members of both major parties. Warren Buffett essentially confirms that thesis.
That said, it is going too far to say that there is a ‘Uniparty,’ as some have described the state of affairs in America today. There clearly are differences in the platforms and planks of Democrats and Republicans.
But it is understandable that some have used that ‘Uniparty’ phrase in recent years. Left-of-center Politico said on November 17, 2017 that “The Uniparty” is the latest populist buzzword to seize the imagination of the drain-the-swamp crowd, those who see grand conspiracies…” But that misses the mark by a mile. Similar claims date back to at least the time of segregationist George Wallace who said in 1968 that “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties.” Wallace was a longtime Democrat who formed the American Independent Party. Wallace previously opposed Democrat John F. Kennedy’s bid for integration and the civil rights of minorities. In 1968, Wallace and the American Independent Party (AIP) “carried five states in the 1968 presidential election running on a segregationist “law and order” platform against [Republican] Richard M. Nixon and [Democrat] Hubert H. Humphrey,” says left-leaning Wikipedia.
The point is that the Uniparty idea is hardly new, just as the concerns of conspiracies by powerful interests dominating American life are hardly new.
Indeed, the case can be made that part of the method of controlling millions is to simply label something a ‘conspiracy theory’ and that is supposed to be enough to debunk it. Sorry, but that simply is not so.
Not everything is a conspiracy. But that conspiracies exist are part of U.S. law.
The RICO laws exist precisely because conspiracies exist. The Justice Department website says that “The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)” is used to target purported “conspirators, or had full knowledge of all the details of the conspiracy.” Not everything is a conspiracy, but conspiracies do exist. That is a historic and legal fact. While they were often mocked, those who followed the writings of the John Birch Society (JBS) were arguably more right than wrong when it came to their view of various collusions and conspiracies to dominate American political life through certain clubs, organizations, meetings, and groups.
When “special interests” – read big businesses, big media, big pharma, the billionaire class and their surrogates or allies – dominate access to information flow, capital access and political power, what is left for “We the People” but the crumbs that fall from their tables?
When the connected are deemed “essential businesses,” and the smaller, rival independents are crushed by local or state officials – ironically in the name of the Wuhan-released coronavirus – why should it be a surprise that more people are starting to push back?
“First you form your habits, then your habits form you.” That mantra was used for years to encourage the formation of good habits. Every New Year for decades, millions reflected on ‘bad habits’ that they wanted to modify or change in order to be healthier, wiser, or more successful.
But collective habits have arguably been weaponized by the ruling elites. Some quick examples will serve to illustrate the point.
- Free social media. As experts from both the left and right have said, ‘the habit’ of social media is not coincidental. It is by design. Social media is meant to be ‘addictive’ – to become a habit. Once you have hundreds of millions on your social media platform, the ability to promote, marginalize, or silence a point of view becomes powerful.
- Free Gmail. Millions have known for years that Google-owned Gmail scans emails and then shows ads that are targeted to the interests of that individual. Gmail and social media give an amazing amount of information about a person to the managers and owners of those tech platforms. But the ‘habit’ of using Gmail, and the hassle of switching, has kept millions continuing to use that communications method.
- YouTube. Once “free” YouTube in its early years provided a method for an individual to establish their own ‘channel’ and ‘followers.’ Changes have been obvious on YouTube in recent years. Mostly conservative views – such as Prager University – would be demonetized, shadow banned, or even censored. More sinister is the pre-and post-election 2020 manipulation of information, labeling, shadow banning, or eliminating all together views that do not fit with that of Google affiliate YouTube’s management. A recent example MHProNews stumbled upon was this search on YouTube below.
Note how sophisticated the above is? The search term did not specify the 2020 election. Yet, that message from YouTube popped up. It is in the light of such sobering problems that journalist Greenwald’s quote below should be understood.
There are other habits that could be added to that list. Positive thinking and the can-do spirit are valued among the entrepreneurial. Rightly so. But the naïve belief that those principles automatically work in a what voices across the left-and-right agree is a “rigged” system has to be accounted for today. The ‘can do’ spirit is still useful. But it must pragmatically take into account just how “rigged” the system is.
Indeed, ideally, the “can do” types should be thinking how they ‘can do’ what is necessary to “drain the swamp” of the “rigged system.”
Habits such as:
- The type of education you get,
- The movies and TV you watch,
- The media sources you access for news,
- The political figures you follow,
- The people you hang out with, the things you think and do,
- How you earn your living and access capital,
all of that and more – to the manipulative – can be weaponized.
The American Dream is hanging by threads. That is not an uncommon thought that again is heard across the left-right divide. But Biden supporters would allege that it is the Trump-Pence team that are the ungodly, the un-American, and would-be dictators.
Ironically, it is someone from the political left who recently debunked that of President Trump being an autocrat notion at length, and that writer is not a pro-Trump journalist. Indeed, award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said it is the ‘incoming’ Biden-Harris administration that he fears is authoritarian, and he goes about documenting how the Obama-Biden administration violated the rights of citizens and journalists alike.
It is Dr. Robert Epstein, someone who voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that documented how Google and the tech giants are manipulating millions.
It doesn’t matter in a sense if someone calls such things a ‘conspiracy’ for discussion sakes or not. The mere label of ‘conspiracy’ doesn’t make something more or less true. It is akin to the label of “racist” – it might be true with a limited few. But for most of American society, the claim of racist simply does not apply. By overusing the claim of racism, or by over-using the allegation of “conspiracy theory,” there is hope that more people currently swayed by such tactics of manipulation will wake up to the ruse.
There is open propaganda occurring, as is the case with the topic of the Great Reset. It is the World Economic Forum (WEF) that is pushing this notion, and COVID19 is their latest excuse for why this is ‘necessary.’ Again, the Great Rest is no conspiracy theory, rather, it is being openly promoted.
Before, the WEF promoted the Great Reset for addressing ‘climate change,’ which is another reason that the report below is likely to be read hot. See that linked here and above.
Americans and people around the world are being bluntly told that as part of the Great Reset that they will own nothing, rent everything, and that they will “be happy.” That begs questions, like, who will own the things of this world? Who will be doing the renting?
Why, the billionaire elites and their corporate interests, of course. That is not explicitly mentioned in the WEF’s Great Reset videos. But all that someone must do is see who the powers that be are that are the movers and shakers at the WEF and related institution.
Thus the Great Reset is once more a move toward a new feudalism, a modern form of serfdom. Americans are being propagandized into believing that they will be happy with not owning. That is absolutely not the American Dream of even a few years ago.
Do you own property? Possession? Do you want to give those up? Do you want to give up your rights as a sovereign American citizen? Hopefully, feudal serfdom are not your life’s ambition for yourself, your family, friends, or loved ones.
What can be done? Plenty, but the clock is ticking. See the report linked below.
Elements of the information linked above are available from a variety of sources, but MHLivingNews has synthesized it and made an action plan as simple as possible.
But frankly, this should not be about what is easy. The ‘easy does it’ and ‘go along to get along’ mentality has led our nation to this moment in time.
There is, as the headline suggests, a great awakening that is underway. Some of it is spiritual, some of it is political, social, and economic. Those elements co-mingle.
- Perhaps you are one of the 75 million who voted for President Trump.
- Or perhaps you are among those minority of Biden-Harris voters – who like most Trump-Pence voters – think that the election was rigged and stolen away from President Trump.
- Whomever you voted for, there is a constitutional and entirely legal process for fixing this rigged election. This method does not depend on the courts. It depends on lawmakers responding to will of “We the People.” And it has been used 3 times since 2000 by Democrats, so Republican supporters should not be afraid or cowed out of using this method too. Once more, for emphasis, from someone who is not a Trump supporter.
This method of swamping lawmakers with calls and messages can work, but only if lawmakers ‘feel the heat so that they see the light,’ to paraphrase what the late President Ronald Reagan used to say for years.
In our case, we have a Democratic Congressional Representative, and two Republican Senators. The party label here is not what matters. What is of importance is that you make it clear to your lawmakers that you, like roughly half the country, believe that the last election was ripe with fraud. You want them to reject disputed Biden-Harris electors in the 7 battleground states, and to accept instead the alternative slate of electors from those same battleground states that favor Trump-Pence.
The clock is ticking, as January 6, 2021 is just days away. Go to articles like the one linked above. Make your voice heard. Encourage others you know to do the same.
Let us draw to a close with this sobering point. As a peace-loving person, it is not my desire to see violence in America. That said, it is entirely possible that because politicians for so long have kicked various issues down the road that whatever happens on or after January 6 will result in violence. One writer recently said there is an estimate that the left has some 300,000 people who would take to the streets and riot if the Trump-Pence ticket prevails on January 6, even if it is entirely lawful. That fear of violence is supposedly – though disputed – a reason the Supreme Court did not take up the Texas appeal earlier this month. But the reality is there are potentially more Americans who will not accept a steal of the election if enough members of Congress fail to do what is right in the face of mountains of evidence of election fraud.
The discussion on both the political left and right of violence looming is sadly nothing new. But the right thing to do is to do the right thing, regardless of the threat of violence.
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr urged peaceful protests that led to change. That is the best possible way. But King and his followers faced violence, and they dealt with it. In our own day, we need to accept the possibility that violence may occur but should do what is right and just.
For those who grasp the constitutional and historic outline above, this is common sense. America’s elected officials have ‘power’ because it was delegated to them. As citizens, we have the right to insist that Congress, members of both major parties, do what is right and just and reject the electors of Biden-Harris from the disputed states. That is the constitutional way that election fraud is dealt with. Democrats have used that method, so obviously Republicans can do so too.
In closing, Senator Marco Rubio, noted recently that not all Democrats are socialists, but all socialists are Democrats. There is a ring of truth to that claim. Just as there are turn-coat Republicans or those willing to challenge their party leadership, say for example, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-R), there are Democrats who are willing to challenge their party leaders too. Democrat Georgia lawmaker Vernon Jones is one such brave leader who supports the concepts being outlined above.
Put differently, this is not a purely partisan issue. It is an American issue. Rigged elections can not stand. They must be soundly rejected. This is the constitutional process for rejecting election fraud.
If this effort is not successful, if the billionaires hand-picked ticket – Biden Harris, who are also favored by Communist China and Iran – get into office on January 20, 2021, heaven help us. It may take years, if ever, for the Republic to recover from that blow. Because China and other nations will rapidly exploit it.
My new year’s wish to all is for peace, prosperity, and justice.
For that to occur, we must pragmatically learn and apply the lessons of history, civics, and pray. We should work like it all depends on us, and pray like it all depends on God.
As the Epoch Times said today, “Abolition of Private Property Is at the Core of Communism,” and the “WEF Predicts Abolition of Private Property in 2030.” That is a reference to the Great Reset, which the Biden-Harris “Build Back Better” phrase is associated with. If you want to hold onto what you worked for, the time to act is now.
Finally, no two people will see eye to eye on everything. But as the late President Ronald Reagan aptly noted, my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy. To all of those who see about 80 percent wisdom in this reflection, please send the messages to your lawmakers as Soheyla and I have done. You can do so as so many others have, via the message system found at the link near the end of the article linked here.
Pax et bonum.
Greenwald’s news and analysis article, shown linked below, confirms much of what this trade publication has been reporting on for years. To learn more, check out the linked and related reports above and below.
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By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.
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